The Bradbury Building is an architectural landmark in Downtown Los Angeles. It has been designated a National Historic Landmark and has been featured in many films and television shows, most notably Blade Runner and the original Mission: Impossible TV series.
Bridge that connects downtown Nashville to residential East Nashville. Built in 1907 and converted into a pedestrian bridge in 1998. Provides unbeatable views of the river and city skyline.
“If you go really early in the morning, the view of Nashville is perfection, and you can see everything the city has to offer.” – Oginalii
The Fremont Troll is a public sculpture in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, Washington.
“I have a soft spot for the Fremont Troll. It’s kind of a cheesy tourist thing, but it feels like old Seattle.” — Noah Gundersen
Odette recommends checking out The Art Gallery of New South Wales. The public gallery has been open since 1874 and hosts one of the larges collections of Australia.
The world’s largest rotating tramcar. The tram extends over 2.5 miles along the breathtaking cliffs of Chino Canyon, transporting riders to the pristine wilderness of the Mt. San Jacinto State Park. Once at the Mountain Station with an elevation of 8,516 feet, guests can enjoy two restaurants, observation decks, a natural history museum, two documentary theaters, a gift shop and over 50 miles of hiking trails.
An outdoor sculpture park of giant pink robots and post-apocalyptic Christmas scenes. Robolights is the largest residential light display in the country created by artist Kenny Irwin in 1986.
Salvation Mountain is lone dreamer Leonard Knight’s tribute to God and his gift to the world with its simple yet powerful message: “God Is Love.” The mountain is covered with not only biblical and religious scripture such as the Lord’s Prayer, John 3:16, and the Sinner’s Prayer, but also includes flowers, trees, waterfalls, suns, bluebirds, and many other fascinating and colorful objects. It is made entirely of local adobe clay and paint and is truly unique from its Sea of Galilee at the bottom, to the big red heart in the middle, to the cross at the very top. Come and feel the “love.”
Formerly the Enco gas station, the structure is a prime example of the modernist Architecture popular in the area.
The Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion, in downtown Palm Springs is the hub of the museum’s exploration of architecture and design, and houses related exhibitions and educational and community programs, as well as research space and a storage area for the museum’s growing architecture and design collections and archives.
The 13,000 square-foot glass and steel building is elevated above street level, and the glass pavilion features floor-to-ceiling windows that perfectly frame the cityscape and the surrounding San Jacinto Mountains. The main level features gallery space, includes offices, and a store located in and around the bank vault, which retains its original door. The lower level includes a study center with meeting space, archive and collection spaces, archivist office, and a library.
A desert botanical garden and zoo. Observe an incredible array of over 1,400 species of cacti, yucca, and other desert plants that grow in California’s Mojave and Sonoran Deserts, as well as other deserts around the world. Animals you’ll see include African meerkats, desert foxes, giraffes and more.
The Integratron is a structure designed by Ufologist and Contactee George Van Tassel who claimed that the structure is based on the design of Moses’ Tabernacle, the writings of Nikola Tesla and telepathic directions from extraterrestrials. This one-of-a-kind 38-foot high, 55-foot diameter, all wood dome was designed to be an electrostatic generator for the purpose of rejuvenation and time travel.
It is built on an intersection of powerful geomagnetic forces that amplify the earth’s magnetic field. The Integratron is open to the public for Soundbaths – a sonic healing experience.
One of the most iconic roadside attractions in the country, featuring 50 lifelike dinosaurs, a dinosaur dig, fossil panning, and access to climb inside Mr. Rex all the way up to his mouth! The famous Cabazon Dinosaurs have been featured in cult classics such as Pee Wee Herman’s Big Adventure and The Wizard. A gift shop offers dinosaur-themed souvenirs.
Historical landmark in San Francisco, California
The contemporary gallery is run by Bob Linder and Jonathan Runcio.
The Castro Theatre is one of the few remaining movie palaces in the nation from the 1920s that is still in operation.
When San Francisco burst into flames in the days following the 1906 earthquake, much of the city’s fire hydrants failed. Miraculously this hydrant, nicknamed “little giant,” is said to have been the only functioning hydrant and is credited with saving the historic Mission District.
Known for being one of the best collections of films left in San Francisco, the rental store offers tons of foreign films and documentaries, along with knowledgeable and passionate staff.
A San Francisco landmark in the Mission District, the theater not only shows unique films but also invites filmmakers, curators, entertainers and educators to interact with audiences.
The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate strait, the one-mile-wide, one-point-seven-mile-long channel between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean.
Fisherman’s Wharf is a neighborhood, marina and popular tourist attraction known for its seafood and chachkies.
Alcatraz Island is located 1.25 miles offshore from San Francisco and is home to a now abandoned prison. During the 29 years it was in use, the jail held some of the most notorious criminals in American history, such as Al Capone, Robert Franklin Stroud (the “Birdman of Alcatraz”), and George “Machine Gun” Kelly.
Angel Island is an island in San Francisco Bay offering expansive 360° views of the San Francisco skyline, the Marin County Headlands and Mount Tamalpais.
A former army post, this iconic park offers hiking, historic sites, visitor centers & scenic vistas.
The Sutro Baths were once a large, privately owned public saltwater swimming pool complex. Now they’re a public landmark in the Lands End area of the Outer Richmond District.
Mission Dolores Park, often abbreviated to Dolores Park, is located in the heart of the city and is a cultural and events epicenter.
The Exploratorium is a public learning laboratory in San Francisco exploring the world through science, art, and human perception. Its mission is to create inquiry-based experiences that transform learning worldwide.
The Palace of Fine Arts in the Marina District of San Francisco, California, is a monumental structure originally constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in order to exhibit works of art presented there.
Crissy Field, a former U.S. Army airfield, is now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Historically part of the Presidio of San Francisco, Crissy Field closed as an airfield after 1974.
Pet-friendly field area on 2 acres with butterfly garden & gated playground, picnicking & a cafe.
El Polin Spring is a natural spring in San Francisco, California located in The Presidio. It is the source of the central tributary of El Polin Creek.
Market Street is a major thoroughfare in San Francisco, California. It begins at The Embarcadero in front of the Ferry Building at the northeastern edge of the city and runs southwest through downtown.
The San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge is a complex of bridges spanning San Francisco Bay in California. As part of Interstate 80 and the direct road between San Francisco and Oakland, it carries about 240,000 vehicles a day on its two decks.
The Masonic is a public venue at 1111 California Street in San Francisco, California. The venue was formally dedicated on 29 September 1958. It has several large sculptures representing the four branches of the Armed Services on its outside wall.
Located within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Lands End is a beautiful hiking area that offers views of the pacific ocean and a number of hiking trails.
Lake Merritt is a large tidal lagoon in the center of Oakland, California, just east of Downtown.
The Mountain View Cemetery is a large 226-acre cemetery in Oakland, known for its architecture and sweeping views of the bay.
Venue and concert hall in Glasgow.
Partick Burgh Hall is a favorite – it has a spire like a helter skelter.
In the heart of Pollok Country Park, this award-winning building houses a unique art collection in a beautiful woodland setting. Bit out of the way from the usual tourist attractions, but well worth a trip.
Traditional Korean marketplace.
The eleven-story Sangsangmadang building houses a cinema, live performance hall, art gallery, and studio.
The largest museum in Korea, housing precious Korean cultural assets that tell the story of Korea’s fascinating history, from ancient times to the modern era.
Historical and traditional Korean village.
Roman Catholic church, basilica and National shrine of Mexico built near the hill of Tepeyac where Our Lady of Guadalupe is believed to have appeared to Saint Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin. One of the most important pilgrimage sites of Catholicism, the basilica is visited by several million people every year, especially on December 12th, Our Lady of Guadalupe’s Feast day.
“Also worth visiting is the really spooky UNAM sculpture park which has this crazy amphitheater in the middle of it strewn with volcanic rocks and where you can catch an amazing view of the city.” — El Búho
“I love walking down the little cobbled streets of Coyoacán, not just in the center but also into the area which has this almost village atmosphere to it, dotted with little churches, local celebrations, and feels a long way from the hustle of Juarez or the Zona Rosa.” — El Búho
“Plaza Garibaldi, even if you are skeptical about its tourist-trap shine, is an experience worth living. Hoards of different groups, mariachi or son jarocho, stalk the square looking for customers to pay them per song upon request. You get a personal experience: a one on one concert of any Mexican classic played right in front of you by these incredible musicians. Well worth it!” — El Búho
“I go for San Ángel for its range of different little boutiques, trendy food shops, tourist wares, and a few little gems hidden around the streets. It was my go to place to take friends looking for a souvenir and also a great place to wander around.” — El Búho
“The Bosques de Chapultepec are a great place to get away from the noise and madness of the city and well worth taking in the quite incredible Museo de Antropología (the best museum in the city!)” — El Búho
Mexico’s National Museum of Anthropology is the largest and most visited museum in Mexico, and is home to a large collection of significant archaeological and anthropological artifacts from Mexico’s pre-Colombian heritage.
The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is one of the world’s most respected museums known for its internationally renowned works spanning architecture, design, photography, film and sculpture. Artists in the collection include Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Anselm Kiefer, Alberto Giacometti, Pablo Picasso, Yves Klein, Robert Rauschenberg, David Hockney and Asger Jorn, Alexander Calder, and many more.
Tivoli Gardens is a famous amusement park and pleasure garden in
Copenhagen, Denmark. The park opened on 15 August 1843 and is the
second-oldest operating amusement park in the world, after
Dyrehavsbakken in nearby Klampenborg, also in Denmark.
V1 Gallery is a contemporary art gallery located on Vesterbro and was founded in 2002 by designer Jesper Elg and
photographer Peter Funch.
The Copenhagen Opera House is the national opera house of Denmark,
and among the most modern opera houses in the world. It is also one of
the most expensive opera houses ever built with construction costs well
over US$500 million.
Denmark’s pre-eminent museum featuring everything from European classics of the Renaissance, to modern and contemporary art. The SMK is especially famous for its beautiful collection of Danish Golden Age art, the country’s most comprehensive collection of Danish contemporary art – and one of the world’s best Matisse collections.
Built in the early 30s, Frederiksberg Svømmehal is one of Denmark’s oldest and most striking swimming pools, with arched halls adorned with beautiful mosaics, sculptures and paintings.
In 1992 a water slide was built – one of Denmark’s longest indoor water slides. Today in addition to the swimming pool, guests can enjoy the spa, hot water basin, and gym.
“Hosier Lane is a real favourite of mine. Its laneways are full of street art and that’s really a big defining part of Melbourne and its street culture.” — Hamish Anderson
The main station building, completed in 1909, is a cultural icon of Melbourne, with its prominent dome, arched entrance, tower and clocks one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks.
Australia’s national museum of film, video games, digital culture and art.
It is Australia’s oldest, largest and most visited art museum.
“The State library in Swanston Street opposite Melbourne Central train station is pretty amazing and often overlooked. Beautiful glass and sandstone and not many tourists around.” — The Teskey Brothers
“It’s a central place with good access to the tram lines so you can get around easily. That area has loads of great cafes, restaurants, parks, shopping and live music venues all within walking distance. Best part of town by far.” — The Teskey Brothers
“I find my hometown of Warrandyte to be the most inspiring and naturally beautiful part of Melbourne. It’s a 35 minute drive north east from the city ( take bus 906). It has the Yarra river flowing through it (great for a swim and a picnic) framed by mighty gumtrees. Warrandyte was one of the earliest places where gold was found so it’s got a lot of cultural history. These days it’s known for the strong arts community. All four members of The Teskey Brothers grew up here and we still spend a lot of time in the area. Recently we shot a video for our song ‘Louisa’ in Warrandyte which was a lot of fun.” — The Teskey Brothers
Federation Square is a purpose built venue for arts, culture and public events on the edge of the CBD of Melbourne.
Sir John Soane’s Museum was formerly the home of the neo-classical
architect John Soane. It holds many drawings and models of Soane’s
projects and the collections of paintings, drawings and antiquities that
Built in 1965, the BT Tower is a communications transmitter tower located in Fitzrovia, London. Once a year, the BT Tower opens to the public as part of Open House. The event takes place in September and due to high demand, you need to enter a ballot for tickets. It remained the tallest building in London until 1980, when it was overtaken by the 183m-high NatWest Tower.
One of the premiere taxidermy companies in the UK. The company has been in business for over 40 years, and the family who owns it has been in taxidermy for much longer.
“Where sick zoo animals go to be immortalized.” — Tom Forest
The British Museum is a public institution dedicated to human history, art, and culture. Its permanent collection, numbering some 8 million works, is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence.
“Crystal Palace Park is amazing, there’s an old outdoor theatre, roman ruins, a beautiful lake and bizarrely a group of dinosaur sculptures. So the story goes, people used to have speakeasy dinner parties inside them! Also, I shot the video for Can’t Get Around a Broken Heart there.” -Million Miles
“One of the oldest in the world. Beautiful place, full of bustling local life.” – Balkan Beat Box
“An old roman theatre that sounds perfect and is a great place to play outdoors.” — Balkan Beat Box
Battery Park is a 25-acre public park located at the Battery, the southern tip of Manhattan Island, facing the New York
Washington Square Park is a 9.75-acre public park in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Lower Manhattan.
Rising nearly 70 feet tall at the intersection of Canal Street and West Street, this highly visible structure along the Hudson River will house
5,000 tons of salt. The architectural design of the structure has been widely praised for its crystalline aesthetic, and has been called “a functional piece of architectural eye candy.”
The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building is part of The New York Public
Library, which consists of four major research libraries and 88 branch
libraries located in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island.
The Jane Hotel in Lower Manhattan is a red-brick, historic landmark overlooking the Hudson river. This quirky spot is known for its small but cozy rooms, popular downstairs nightclub, and excellent customer service.
Experience the timeless glamour of The St. Regis New York, the premier luxury hotel in NYC.
The American Museum of Natural History, located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, is home to one of the largest collections of fossils, meteorites, and ancient cultural artifacts in the world.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, colloquially known as “The Met”, is the largest art museum in the United States,
and is among the most visited art museums in the world. The permanent collection features pieces from classical antiquity, works by nearly all the European masters, and an extensive selection of modern art.
Movies screened with global fare & craft cocktails served at patrons’ seats.
Central Park is the most visited urban park in the United States, drawing thousands of visitors daily with its many seasonal attractions and 843 acres of picturesque paths, ponds, and gardens.
The Empire State Building is a historic skyscraper designed in the classic Art-Deco style. Dubbed one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, the Empire State Building features a public observation deck on its 102nd floor.
Coney Island is a beach and leisure/entertainment destination on the Coney Island Channel in Brooklyn. Known for its amusement park and boardwalk, Coney Island has been a destination for family entertainment for over 100 years.
The Statue of Liberty is the colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor that has been welcoming immigrants and visitors to the city since its dedication in 1886.
Anthology Film Archives is an international center for the
preservation, study, and exhibition of film and video, with a particular
focus on independent, experimental, and avant-garde cinema.
Pristine beaches and trails make this former military base in the Rockaways a picturesque getaway from the hustle of the city.
The Woolworth Building is an early New York City skyscraper in the Neo-Gothic style
designed by architect Cass Gilbert and constructed between 1910 and
The Neue Galerie New York is a museum of early twentieth-century
German and Austrian art and design located in the William Starr Miller
House at 86th Street and Fifth Avenue in New York City.
The High Line is a 1.45-mile long elevated park built on a former New York Central Railroad spur. It has become one of Manhattan’s most loved public parks since it was opened to the public in 2009.
“Old chapel that George Washington actually went to when in New York. It’s filled with Masonic and gnostic art. The cemetery attached is incredible. Also, many people took shelter here during 9/11. Incredibly, the small chapel survived.” — Jeremy & the Harlequins
Historical landmark in Asbury Park, New Jersey.
The Katyń Memorial is dedicated to the victims of the Katyn massacre in 1940. Created by Polish-American sculptor Andrzej Pitynski, the memorial stands at Exchange Place in Jersey City, New Jersey,
Riverfront park with a large rock formation, plus sports fields (including cricket) & a boat ramp.
Snake Hill is an igneous rock intrusion jutting up from the floor of the Meadowlands in southern Secaucus, New Jersey, USA, at a bend in the Hackensack River.
Fort Nonsense occupies a high hilltop overlooking Morristown, and is believed to have been the site of a signal fire or smoke signal, along with earthworks. It was originally built at the order of General George Washington in 1777 for use during the American Revolutionary War.
Nuçi’s Space is a resource center based in Athens, Georgia, United States, that provides rehearsal and performance space for local musicians.
Local Athens Pharmacy, gift shop, and ice cream shop located in the heart of Five Points in Athens, GA.
A 160-year old cast iron arch that borders North campus and Downtown Athens.
“Walk west along Clayton towards Washington and Pulaski streets where you can snap a picture in front of the Birdsong Mural.” – Katherine Edison
A botanical garden of 313 acres with a conservatory operated by the University of Georgia.
Completed in 1916 Union Station is a masterpiece of Beaux-Arts Classicism featuring stately pillars, arched windows, 48-foot ceilings and original chandeliers. Located in downtown, it is a transportation hub with Amtrak, light rail and TRE service.
The Longhorn Ballroom is a music venue and country western dance hall in operation since 1950.
Located in the heart of the Dallas Arts District, the Nasher Sculpture Center is home to one of the finest collections of modern and contemporary sculptures in the world, the Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, featuring more than 300 masterpieces by Calder, de Kooning, di Suvero, Giacometti, Hepworth, Kelly, Matisse, Miró, Moore, Picasso, Rodin, Serra and more.
Historic fraternal order ballroom that hosts swing dancing, music events, and large private parties.
One of the largest art museums in America, located in the nation’s largest arts district in downtown Dallas. The Dallas Museum of Art features more than 24,000 works of art from all cultures and time periods spanning 5,000 years of human creativity including American, African, Asian, Latin America, Pacific Islands and Contemporary works and much more.
Opened in 1931 in Oak Cliff, The Texas Theatre is known for its “Venetian” design style, including opera boxes in the auditorium under a full night sky, fountains, projected clouds on the ceiling, an organ, and a giant chandelier. It’s the third-largest theatre in Dallas.
On November 22, 1963 at approximately 1:45 p.m., nearly 15 Dallas police officers converged on the Texas Theatre in search of a man who had entered without paying. That man was Lee Harvey Oswald – murder suspect in the slaying of Officer J.D. Tippit and later President John F. Kennedy’s accused lone assassin. He ducked into the theatre during an in-progress showing of War Is Hell.
Fountain Place is a 60-story late-modernist skyscraper in downtown Dallas, Texas.
Eclectic gallery offering vintage folk art and antiques in Waxahachie, Texas.
Opened in 1965 as the flagship location of the Sanger-Harris department store, and currently serves as the headquarters of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit. The landmark building is known for its iconic columns and mosaic architecture.
At 290,000 square foot the The Orlando Public Library is one of the largest public library buildings in Florida. The Friends of the Library Third Floor Bookstore is open daily and recycles withdrawn and donated books to the community.
The library contains the The Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation & Creativity which features audio and video studios complete with editing capabilities, a photo studio, a 3D printer lab, virtual reality stations, and an interactive media display wall.
A trip to Orlando isn’t complete without a visit to Walt Disney World! Release your inner-child and spend the day exploring Disney’s four theme parks: Epcot, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios, and two water parks: Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon.
The Orlando Eye is a 400 ft tall giant ferris wheel and is the largest observation wheel on the East Coast.
Epcot’s iconic geosphere. Enter inside the ball to travel back in time with life-like Audio-Animatronics displays and the soothing tones of narrator Dame Judi Dench. Or just admire this Orlando landmark from the outside.
Behind Disney World, Universal is the second-largest resort in Orlando. Make memories with all your favorite characters from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Spider-Man™, Shrek, Transformers and so much more.
The Simpsons-themed area featured at the Universal Studios Florida theme park.
5.2-acre secluded lakefront public grounds featuring the Exedra Monument & massive cypress trees.
A 2,600 acres park and manatee refuge. During manatee season (mid-November through March), several hundred manatee can be viewed atop the spring’s overlooks on cold days.
The spring’s crystal clear, 73-degree water can be enjoyed by swimmers, snorkelers and certified scuba divers, with a partner during designated swimming season.
A self-guided tour inside the historic Thursby house, built at the height of the steamboat era in 1872, can also be experienced.
This 22-mile West Orange Trail is one of Florida’s most popular rail-trails. The route serves as a window on the region’s past and present, passing through 1950s communities that grew up around the once-thriving Orange Belt Railway, as well as more developed areas in this rapidly expanding metropolitan area. Bike rentals are available at Killarney Station, a modern take on an old-time train depot.
Historic cemetery dating back to 1880, offering Moonlight Walking Tours. Stroll through graves and crypts to learn the history of Orlando, its founding families and famous residents.
Tattoo Shop hosting multiple tattoo artists available by reservation.
A 14-day arts festival celebrating 27 years as “Orlando’s most unique cultural experience.” Originating in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1947, and taking place in cities all over the world, Fringe aims to provide an accessible, affordable outlet that draws the community together and inspires creativity through the arts.
The Mennello Museum of American Art is an art museum known for its outstanding permanent collection of paintings by Earl Cunningham along with other outstanding traditional and contemporary American artists.
The Contemporary Austin is Austin’s primary community art museum, consisting of two primary locations and an art school.
It is housed in the former studio of sculptor Elisabet Ney and is dedicated to showcasing her life and works.
“Inner Space Cavern in Georgetown — You take a big tour through a 10,000 year old cave system. I’ve been coming here since I was 5 years-old and it’s always awesome!” — The Sword
The Treaty Oak is a southern oak tree in Austin, Texas, and the last surviving member of the Council Oaks, a grove of 14 trees that served as a sacred meeting place for Comanche and Tonkawa tribes prior to European settlement of the area.
The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest university art museums in the U.S, holding almost 18,000 works in its permanent collection.
“I like the new federal courthouse downtown – built in the early years of the Obama recovery. Looks like something out of the new Blade Runner film.” — Curtis Roush
Artist’s rendering of guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, often strewn with flowers & devotions from fans.
The Main Building (known colloquially as The Tower) is a structure at the center of the University of Texas campus in downtown Austin.
Enormous outpost offering costumes, vintage clothing, boas, masks, wigs, prop & other glitz.
Dramatic 425-ft. pink granite monolith & wilderness area offering hiking, climbing, camping & more.
“There are a few really old buildings on Mercer street that give you that country Texas town feel. One of my favorites, has to be the one at 302 Mercer Street. And I swear it has nothing to do with the fact that it is called Hill Country guitars and has some seriously rad new and vintage guitars that knock my socks right off my feet.” — Israel Nash
Historic building in Austin, Texas built in 1904.
Arts District on Santa Fe is an artistic community and creative area replete with galleries, studios, and food trucks. Come through for their monthly First Friday exhibition and art walk.
Grave site of the Western hero, Buffalo Bill.
Victorian home filled with artifacts telling the story of African-Americans in the Wild West.
The Historic Elitch Theatre is located at the original Elitch Gardens site in northwest Denver. Opened in 1890, it was the centerpiece of the park that was the first zoo west of Chicago.
Historic, family-owned amusement park featuring classic rides, games, and family-friendly attractions.
Innovative and modern, this gallery focuses on Denver-based up-and-coming artists, but also hosts exhibitions for select national and international artists as well as local live music events.
The 40-foot-tall bear has its nose pressed to the glass, peering in at everyone on the third floor of Denver’s downtown convention center.
Sports Authority Field at Mile High, commonly known as Mile High or Mile High Stadium, is home to the Denver Broncos football team.
An all-ages arcade boasting the largest collection of classic 80s arcade cabinets in the state and offering unlimited all-day play for a flat rate.
Diners help solve humorous murder mysteries over a buffet dinner in a mansion once used as mortuary.
Located in the heart of Charleston’s historic district, this prominent landmark provides a spectacular view of Fort Sumter and the Charleston Harbor. It was first used as a public garden in 1837. With the outbreak of the Civil War, it became a fortification for the city. Many of the historic mortars and cannons from the Civil War used to shell as well as defend the city can be found here.
This historic jail, operational from 1802 until 1939, housed Charleston’s most infamous criminals, including Lavinia Fisher and her husband John Fisher (convicted of robbery and murder), Denmark Vesey, Civil War prisoners, and 19th century high sea pirates.
If you’re a fan of unique and bizarre places then check out this landmark. The protected pedestrian walkway leads to nothing but a big field due to a development falling through.
Brittlebank Park is a ten-acre park located between Lockwood Boulevard and the Ashley River in Charleston, South Carolina
Fort Moultrie is a seacost defense fortification on Sullivan’s Island built to protect the city of Charleston spanning from the Revolutionary War through World War II. It is the only area of the National Park System where the entire 171-year history of American seacoast defense (1776–1947) can be traced.
This historical cemetery dates back to 1850 and sits on a former rice plantation and is one of the most beautiful examples of rural and Victorian cemetery design. Many prominent figures of Charleston and South Carolina’s history rest here.
Built in 1767 at the southern entrance to Charleston, the original tower was destroyed during the Civil War. The new tower, was built in 1876 and stands 161 feet tall.
The Battery is a landmark defensive seawall and promenade named for a civil-war coastal defense artillery battery at the site. The surrounding area is known for its many stately, antebellum homes.
“It’s right by the house we used to live on Ashley Ave (Our EP is named after Ashley Avenue.) It’s got free wifi and is our favorite afternoon getaway. Walking around the lake is an unusual experience in an urban metro.” — SondorBlue
“Close to where we lived when recording our recent E.P. Lots of dogs and an overall great hangout. The giant pillars in the middle of the park were once part of a museum.” — SondorBlue
“East Bay Street lines the water and there is a lot of history, cobble stone roads, and restaurants.” — SondorBlue
Shaarei Shamayim has been the name of two Jewish congregations in Madison, Wisconsin. The first, dating to the 19th century but no longer in existence, built what is now the eighth-oldest synagogue building still standing in the United States.
The Memorial Union is located on the shore of Lake Mendota on the campus of the University of Wisconsin–Madison in Madison, Wisconsin. On the lakeshore to the north of the building is the Terrace, a popular outdoor space overlooking Lake Mendota. It has gained a reputation as one of the most beautiful student centers on a university campus.
The King stopped two teenagers from kicking another on the ground with his classic karate moves in Madison, WI. This event is memorialized with a small plaque at the corner of Washington and Stoughton.
Built in 1926, Breese Stevens Municipal Athletic Field is operated by Big Top Baseball and is a multi-purpose stadium listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and located in downtown Madison. The facility hosts athletic events, concerts, community events and more annually.
The Wisconsin Historical Society acquires, preserves, and presents records and information documenting the history of Wisconsin and one of the largest collections of North American history. As the State Archives it holds the records and publications of Wisconsin state and local governments. The Library-Archives Division is also a major manuscript repository.
This historical landmark began as tobacco warehouses and icehouses and eventually came to house manufacturers and distributors of agricultural implements. Today the history lives on as the property is actively used with retail shops open to the public and more.
Dr. Evermor’s Forevertron, built in the 1980s, is the largest scrap metal sculpture in the world, standing 50 ft. high and 120 ft. wide, and weighing 300 tons.
The Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine is a Temple, Shrine, and beautiful Meditation Garden open to anyone who seeks a quiet oasis for meditation, prayer, or receiving the teachings of Indian yogi and guru Paramahansa Yogananda, who is credited for introducing millions of westerners to the teachings of meditation.
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is one of the world’s most extensive cultural, research, and educational centers.
The Library houses over 420,000 rare books and over 7 million manuscripts largely spanning British and American history.
Notable works include the Ellesmere manuscript of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, a Gutenberg Bible on vellum, the double-elephant folio edition of Audubon’s Birds of America, and a world-class collection of the early editions of Shakespeare’s works.
The art collection showcases many 18th- and 19th-century British and French art, and1690s to the 1950s American art, including Thomas Gainsborough’s Blue Boy, Mary Cassatt’s Breakfast in Bed, and Edward Hopper’s The Long Leg.
The Botanical Gardens spans 120 acres and includes the Desert Garden, the Japanese Garden, the Rose Garden, and the Chinese garden. The camellia collection is one of the largest in the country. Other important botanical attractions include the Subtropical, Herb, Jungle, and Palm gardens.
The Watts Towers, Towers of Simon Rodia, or Nuestro Pueblo (“our town”), are a collection of 17 interconnected sculptural structures within the Simon Rodia State Historic Park. The towers were designed and constructed solely by Sabato Rodia over a period of 33 years, from 1921 to 1954, and are an example of Italian-American naïve art. Materials include steel rebar, concrete wrapped with wire mesh and pieces of porcelain, tile, and glass. The structures are decorated with found objects, including bottles, ceramic tiles, seashells, figurines, mirrors, and much more.
Beautiful recreational park and lake in the heart of Echo Park.
The Cecil Hotel(now rebranded as Stay on Main) in Downtown Los Angeles (640 S. Main Street) is a budget hotel with 600 guest rooms. The Hotel is known for several suicides and its criminal activity which includes three murders.Most notably, the hotel was the reported residence for serial killers Richard Ramirez in 1985 and Jack Unterweger in 1991.
The Hollywood Bowl is a world-famous amphitheater that hosts performances of jazz, classical, and modern orchestral and vocal music.
“It’s big, it’s beautiful, it’s outdoors, it’s filled with music, and you can bring your own booze.” — BRÅVES
The Hollywood Forever Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in Los Angeles, and is the final resting place of some of the city’s most significant cultural icons. The cemetery also hosts many cultural events, including music concerts and summer movie screenings.
“We saw Bon Iver perform here at dawn. Everyone stayed the night in the cemetery and then Justin and co. took the stage at dawn. There’s something unsettling yet surprisingly chill about sleeping amongst the dead and waking to a life-bringing force such as music.” — BRÅVES
Griffith Observatory sits on the south-facing slope of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park and provides a wide array of space- and science-related displays and exhibitions entirely for free to the public.
“We don’t know if it’s underrated but, we were just admiring Griffith Observatory last night. Truly a timeless structure and when lit up at night, a beacon of hope for humanity in the City of Angels.” — BRÅVES
Santa Monica State Beach is a California State Park featuring a boardwalk, wide sandy beaches, and Pacific Park, the historic amusement park on the iconic Santa Monica Pier.
“The beach near Main + Ashland in Santa Monica: Parking is easy and the beach usually isn’t too crowded and there’s a ton of food and shopping very close by. It’s the most all-in-one beach situation you can get while staying in a single parking spot.” — Baths
The 2nd Street Tunnel is a widely filmed and photographed landmark under Bunker Hill in Downtown Los Angeles. It has been called “the most recognizable city landmark most Americans have never heard of,” by the Los Angeles Times.
The Ennis House is an iconic Los Angeles architectural landmark situated in the hills of the Los Feliz neighborhood. It has been featured in a number of films, including Blade Runner and House on Haunted Hill, for its unique aesthetic designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
California State Route 1, more commonly known as the Pacific Coast Highway or simply PCH, is a major north/south highway with over 650 miles of scenic views of the Pacific Ocean.
Known as the “Whale Capital of the West,” Dana Point Harbor is a scenic coastal destination for dining, shopping, and seaside activities.
Ex-general store turned restaurant serves hearty American eats in a setting out of a Western film.
“Sometimes when it’s smoggy at night it looks like the Eye of Sauron in the land of Mordor.” — BRÅVES
“Another landmark would be the Culver City hotel, a 1920s building with a upstairs bar. It is certainly underrated, especially during happy hour.” — BRÅVES
“Beverly Hills Hotel. Stay simply for the Polo Lounge.” — BRÅVES
“The Bradbury Building downtown is a stunner. So many moments have been filmed there and it wraps you up in that nostalgia of very old Hollywood.” – Shana Halligan
“Off the beaten path is The Gamble House in Pasadena. (Doc Brown’s house in Back To The Future). Japanese, mid century modern, [a] natural aesthetic that is so unique and incredible.” – Shana Halligan
Okay, I lied on having only food spots because I can’t pass up the opportunity to highlight the thrift stores on Melrose Avenue. When I was there last year I was there I copped more items in a day than I did the entire year prior. I won’t name you a specific one because they’re all so good. Just have a stroll and discover them yourself!
Waterfront square with restaurants & shops, known for its nightly gatherings to watch the sunset.
Ample portions of classic fare & taste of the Cuban experience served in ornate space since 1971.
St. Bernard de Clairvaux Church is a medieval Spanish monastery cloister which was built in the town of Sacramenia in Segovia, Spain, in the 12th century but dismantled in the 20th century and shipped to New York City in the United States.
Unique outdoor destination featuring huge, colorful street murals by artists from around the globe.
Coral Castle is an oolite limestone structure created by the Latvian American eccentric Edward Leedskalnin located in Leisure City, Florida, in Miami-Dade County at the intersection of South Dixie Highway and SW 157th Avenue.
Flagler Memorial Island is an uninhabited artificial island of South Beach in the city of Miami Beach in Biscayne Bay, Florida, United States
The Cape Florida Light is a lighthouse on Cape Florida at the south end of Key Biscayne in Miami-Dade County, Florida.
The Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop is a 14-screen drive-in theater in Lauderhill, Florida, that holds the dual titles of largest drive-in and largest daily flea market in the world.
Family-friendly oceanfront resort, conveniently close to beaches, shopping areas, and the boardwalk.
Long-running beach bar with live bands & DJ dancing, luring perennial spring-breakers.
Stranahan House is the home of Fort Lauderdale pioneers Frank and Ivy Stranahan. Built in 1901 as a trading post and converted into a residence for the Stranahans in 1906, the house is the oldest surviving structure in Broward County.
Enduring arcade with pinball machines & video games, plus pool tables, skee-ball, air hockey & more.
Nonprofit arts center hosting rotating exhibits, a range of classes & a supply shop.
Built in 1854, it was the first scientific research facility at the University of Michigan and the oldest observatory of its type in the nation.
The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library is a repository located on the north campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum specializes in interactive exhibits with the goal of helping both children and adults discover the scientist within them.
Located on the University of Michigan central campus, the museum includes more than 100,000 artifacts.
The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History offers an array of educational programs and exhibits for both campus and community.
The University of Michigan Museum of Art, or UMMA is one of the largest university art museums in the USA with 94,000 sq ft.
The Yankee Air Museum is an aviation museum located at Willow Run Airport in Van Buren Township, Michigan. The museum has a small fleet of flying aircraft and a collection of static display aircraft outdoors.
The Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum in Ypsilanti, Michigan is a unique automotive museum that is home to cars from the local Willow Run Plant and cars from Hudson Motors.
“I love the energy here. I usually bring a blanket and sit in the grass sketching the trees, students or friendly squirrels.” – EH Sherman
“I love to stand on the path and just watch the river move under the bridge for a time. The view of the city and medical campus is just beautiful and the walk toward the Argo area is just below, making it a perfect pit stop for a few photos.” – EH Sherman
An alley on East Liberty Street in Ann Arbor where the walls are covered with graffiti. The wall has served as a canvas for many graffiti artists over the years and is continuously evolving as new artists leave their mark.
The law school of the University of Michigan, founded in 1859.
Designed by Albert Kahn, the Burton Memorial Tower is located at the campus of the University of Michigan.
This 19th-century church in downtown Charlottesville was transformed into what’s now a multi-resource day shelter for people facing homelessness. The $5 million project was pioneered by film director and University of Virginia graduate Tom Shadyac (Patch Adams, Ace Ventura).
Established in 1921, Fry’s Spring Beach Club is a unique blend of modern day life and yesteryear charm, offering members and their guests a summertime resort in the heart of Charlottesville.
Historic estate of Thomas Jefferson.
Adjacent to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, Highland was the estate home of James Monroe, the fifth President of the United States.
Virginia Discovery Museum is a nonprofit hands-on children’s museum, with exhibits on literacy, science, math, history, and the arts. Experience life in the 18th century at the Showalter Cabin; visit the honeybee observation hive in the Pollination Station, at take a spin on VDM’s historic kiddie carousel. The carousel features six painted aluminum horses, all of which are 1910 Mangell’s castings from a Marcus Illions carving. Illions was renowned as a master carver of carousel animals, and VDM’s carousel is considered “the last known kiddie carousel in this country, of its type.”
A trio of environmentally responsible vineyards 20 minutes southeast of Charlottesville owned by musician, Dave Matthews.
The grave of noted author William Faulkner is an often popular cultural site in Oxford. Fans will often leave a bottle of whiskey on the grave as tribute to the author.
Rowan Oak, also known as William Faulkner House, is William Faulkner’s former home in Oxford, Mississippi. It is a primitive Greek Revival house built in the 1840s by Robert Sheegog.
Located on the main campus of the University of Mississippi, the museum is home to several collections and exhibitions. The museum is also owned and operated by the university.
“I would say the best sunset comes from the top of the Ole Miss library. It’s one of the highest spots in town and if you can get up there, it’s all the more special. Don’t tell them I sent you though!” – Sam Kendricks
Home of Chicago Cubs Spring Training.
Sun Devil Stadium is an outdoor football stadium on the campus of Arizona State University, in Tempe, Arizona.
The exclusive home of the San Francisco Giants. Located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, the 12,000 capacity stadium has amazing views of Camelback Mountain.
Home of the Oakland Athletics (Oakland A’s) Spring Training. The stadium is utilized year-round by local and national youth and adult baseball tournaments and championships, along with concerts, city sponsored special events and more.
‘A’ Mountain at Hayden Butte is a 0.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Tempe, Arizona that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels.